Hardwicke braces itself for 100 new homes
FIFTY more houses could be on their way to a green field site that residents have fought for two years to protect.
House builders Barratt Homes already have permission to build 49 homes at Mayo's Land, off Bristol Road, at Hardwicke.
But they have told residents in a letter than they plan to build up to another 50 on the site and will be applying for planning permission to Stroud District Council.
County councillor Mark Hawthorne (C, Quedgeley) said: "Residents are concerned about the access point to the site.
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"They fear their cul-de-sac will become the gateway to a big estate.
"Work has not yet started on the 49 homes but residents have received a letter about their intentions to put in a second application."
They won permission for the first batch of houses back in 2011 but work never began.
Strong feeling against that application has been felt.
Stroud district councillor Tony Blackburn (C, Hardwicke) said: "It would be overdevelopment and the access is in the wrong place which would lead to excessive traffic on Meeres Road.
"I would also query potential flooding and drainage problems."
Resident David Radcliffe-Watts, from Meerbrook Way, said: "Development of this land will bring no benefit to the community and will detract from the character of the area.
"We will become the entrance to an estate and this will destroy the character of our community."
Fellow resident Lara Breach said: "I am surprised that yet another piece of Hardwicke has been allowed to be put forward for houses. It is a area of natural beauty and wildlife use this land.
"I would like to register this land as a village green because so many people use it, dog walkers and families alike.
"Hardwicke is very quickly loosing its appeal as more and more of our green land is being built on."
Philip Skill, head of planning at Stroud District Council, said: "As this council opposes development in this vicinity, it is likely that an application for the area to the south would not be welcome."
Hardwicke Parish Council previously said: "The council objects to development here because local people regard this piece of land as a 'green lung' in the middle of a large conurbation."
Newbridge Construction Limited, who own the land which Barratt Homes want to build on, told residents in a newsletter: "Proposals are now being progressed for the southern part of the site.
"An outline planning application is currently being prepared and will be submitted to Stroud District Council."